At least 15 dead, 32 injured in Quetta blast

At least 15 dead, 32 injured in Quetta blast

"According to the information we have received so far, there are around 15 casualties, people who were martyred, and around 40 people were wounded", Bugti said.

A bomb exploded near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, officials said, the latest attack to hit the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, APA reports quoting Reuters.

Security officials said the explosion set on fire multiple vehicles at Pishin Stop in the provincial capital of Balochistan. He said security operation at the blast site has been completed, but it would be premature to comment on the nature of the explosion.

A suicide motorbike bomber was behind the blast, the statement said.

"COAS condemns terrorist attack on Army truck in Quetta, an attempt to mar Indep Day festivity".

"Our resolve won't succumb to any challenge", Gen Bajwa said.

Daesh, a Takfiri terrorist group which mainly operates in the Middle East but has also established a branch in Afghanistan, has claimed several attacks in the Pakistani territory in the recent past. Rescue services and security forces have reached the site and are conducting rescue activities.

The province has also seen a number of attacks carried out by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al Alami faction, a group with ties to ISIL, known for attacking Shia Muslims.

The province has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baloch separatist groups that want a greater share of the mineral and natural gas resources from the area.

"It would be unfair to call the incident a security lapse", Bugti said. The entire area was cordoned off by police and security forces.

Islamic State militants and the Taliban have attacked Quetta city in the past.